Question: I've seen posts on Facebook that say the platform only allows me to view posts from 26 friends. I have more than that whose activities I want to keep up with. Is there a way around this?
Answer: First of all, know that the posts you've seen that claim you can only see the posts of 26 friends are untrue. However, Facebook does use a "ranking" process that determines whose posts you see, and in what order, based on your previous interactions on the site. For example, if you frequently like, share, or comment on a particular friend's posts, it's likely that friend's future posts will be shown to you more often.
That said, there are ways to adjust whose posts you see more frequently.
First, you can prioritize who to see first:
1. In the top-right portion of your home screen, click the down-arrow.
2. From the drop-down list, select News Feed Preferences.
3. Select Prioritize who to see first.
4. Select the people whose posts you want to see first. When finished, click Done.
Triangle Communications has confirmed a fiber cut in Harlowton caused Internet and telephone outages for our members, as well as cell phone use in the area. Harlowton, Martinsdale and White Sulphur Springs were also affected, resulting in no internet and telephone service. This cut cable also affected the ability in other exchanges to place long distance calls and calls within extended area calling. We expect this outage to last most of the day on August 23rd. 911 was also affected and was the top priority for restoring of services.
A large fiber optic cable as well as a large copper cable carrying high volumes of traffic was cut shortly after 10:15 am by contractors working in the area. This cut triggered alarms and immediate mobilization of Triangle Communication technicians from throughout the company.
Scammers look for any way they can to convince you to do what they want. One of their tactics is to tell you you've won a prize, hoping that your excitement will overshadow your common sense. Don't fall for it! Remember, if you have to pay anything in time or money, it's not a real prize. Here are just a few examples of what you might be asked to do to claim your "prize."
- Pay a fee
- Wire money
- Deposit a check sent to you
- Attend a sales meeting
- Speak with a "representative" on the phone
In order to win a contest, you must have entered. So if the source of the prize doesn't sound familiar to you, that's another red flag. There are rules that must be followed for real contests. For example, it's illegal to ask you to pay or buy something to enter or increase your odds of winning. Additionally, contest operators are required to tell you the odds of winning, the value of the prizes, the cost to enter (which should be free), and other terms and conditions.
Steer clear of "contest operators" that don't follow the rules and, if you're not sure, do an online search for the name of the operator plus the word "scam."
Given how many people order from Amazon, it's no surprise that scammers are using the company as a disguise to get into your inbox. These emails pose as messages from Amazon about orders you may have placed or canceled, but are actually bait to lure you into giving away personal information or allowing malware to be installed on your computer.
Here's how it works: You receive an email that looks like it's from Amazon. It mentions a phony order you've placed or canceled, and requests that you click on a link to verify payment or other types of information.
If you receive such a message, don't click!
These emails include numerous elements to make them look like they're really from Amazon including the Amazon logo, a shipping confirmation number, itemized invoice, and estimated delivery date. However, you can learn to spot these fakes since they will also often include:
Question: Facebook told me my data wasn't shared with Cambridge Analytica, which is a relief. But now I'm spooked. What's to keep other bad actors from collecting it, and how do I prevent that from happening?
Answer: As has always been the case with keeping your data private on Facebook, the key lies in the application's settings. If you choose to continue using Facebook, take the following precautions to keep your data safe.